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After 5 years of searching, I finally acquired a red California Edition. As many of you know, this was a limited edition car (25 red and 25 yellow). In my search, I uncovered all 25 VINs for the red cars and found where many were located. I also found that 4 have a salvage or rebuilt title and I heard that 1 was sent overseas, possibly to Dubai.

I thought that I would create a Red California Edition Registry on the site. Below are the 25 VINs, in numerical order, although numerical order doesn't necessarily equate to build order. I have ordered my Certificate of Provenance from Lotus UK, which will tell me my build order.

If any other California Edition owners have their Certificate, feel free to let me know what your build number is and I will update this page. Also, if you want to list your username and/or location next to your VIN, feel free to post here or PM me and I will update this page.

I think it would be great to have a complete list of all 25 owners here.

1. SCCPC11108HL30235 or SCCPC111X8HL30235
2. SCCPC11128HL30236
3. SCCPC11158HL30246
4. SCCPC11178HL30247 - Salvage Title?
5. SCCPC111X8HL30291
6. SCCPC11118HL30292 - Converted to SC?
7. SCCPC11198HL30296
8. SCCPC11108HL30297
9. SCCPC11118HL30308
10. SCCPC11138HL30309
11. SCCPC11158HL30313
12. SCCPC11178HL30314
13. SCCPC111X8HL30372 - Joshrose, Wayland, MA
14. SCCPC11118HL30373 - Salvage Title
15. SCCPC11178HL30376
16. SCCPC11198HL30377
17. SCCPC11108HL30378 - near Los Angeles
18. SCCPC11128HL30379
19. SCCPC11198HL30380 - Rebuilt Title, Atlanta, GA
20. SCCPC11138HL30410 - Rebuilt Title, Toledo, OH
21. SCCPC11158HL30411 - PeterGP75, Philadelphia, PA
22. SCCPC11178HL30412
23. SCCPC11198HL30413
24. SCCPC11108HL30414 or SCCPC111X8HL30414
25. SCCPC11128HL30415
 

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I always thought it would be a great idea for someone to maintain a registry like this. Thank you Joshrose for taking the initiative here! This will be a great resource for the community.

I'm the proud owner of a Red California Edition myself, VIN number SCCPC11158HL30411. I'm located near Philadelphia, PA.

I hope a lot of the other owners chime in over time and fill out this list.
 

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I'm the proud owner of a Red California Edition myself, VIN number SCCPC11158HL30411. I'm located near Philadelphia, PA.
PeterGP75, Thank you for adding your name to the list.

Are you the first owner? If not, what number are you?
When did you purchase the car?
Do you have a good story about how you acquired the car?
How many miles on it?
Did you get a Certificate of Provenance from Lotus UK with your build number?
 

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I am 3rd owner. Purchased in 2011. Currently 7,800 miles.

No certificate from Lotus yet, but I've added it to my To Do list. Is there a web page I can go to and order one? If you've been through the process, I'd appreciate any tips on where to go for it.

I read your history on this forum ... man, you've been looking for this car for a while. She's a special one worth all the wait! I can't say my story was that dramatic. After an extensive look at all the various cars out there, I fell in love with this one and spent about two months trying to locate an individual willing to sell me theirs. I met this great guy who was looking to start a business and could use the extra cash. I guess the timing was just right for him and we made a deal over the Internet. Five days later I was on a plane with a one way ticket to OH, and drove it back. :) I'm still in love with this car 3 years later!
 

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To obtain a Certificate of Provenance, contact Andy Graham at Lotus Cars UK at [email protected]. I just got mine today. It also comes with a letter with a lot of information. Here's some information from the letter:

The following is based on the 2008 model year USA market Elise only:

Your car was the 23rd out of 78 cars,
Your car was the 13th out of 29 cars in Ardent Red,
Your car was the 13th out of 25 Elise California models in Ardent Red (there was also 25 Elise California models in Saffron Yellow),
Out of all the California models, your car was the 23rd out of 50 cars and this model was exclusive to the USA market. The only exception was a UK one-off in red with the 1ZZ engine.
 

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That's great! I just emailed Andy. Thanks for your help with that! I now need to contact the previous two owners and get some more documentation on each of them to built my Provenance for the vehicle. I've been meaning to do this for a while and you've motivated me to get it done. Thanks!
 

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Any other California Edition owners out there?
 

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L30296 was recently sold at Porsche of Austin. The interior was in rough shape and the original front grill was missing. Unfortunately, the live page has already been pulled, that is why I posted the google cache link. I own a 2011 but I thought you might want to know; I have 1 of 4 red elises from 2011 so I identify with people wanting to keep a record of the "unicorns".

I was thinking about calling on this one but I wasn't sure parts would be available to bring it back to original. They were asking $32k.
 

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After 5 years of searching, I finally acquired a red California Edition. As many of you know, this was a limited edition car (25 red and 25 yellow). In my search, I uncovered all 25 VINs for the red cars and found where many were located. I also found that 4 have a salvage or rebuilt title and I heard that 1 was sent overseas, possibly to Dubai.

I thought that I would create a Red California Edition Registry on the site. Below are the 25 VINs, in numerical order, although numerical order doesn't necessarily equate to build order. I have ordered my Certificate of Provenance from Lotus UK, which will tell me my build order.

If any other California Edition owners have their Certificate, feel free to let me know what your build number is and I will update this page. Also, if you want to list your username and/or location next to your VIN, feel free to post here or PM me and I will update this page.

I think it would be great to have a complete list of all 25 owners here.

1. SCCPC11108HL30235 or SCCPC111X8HL30235
2. SCCPC11128HL30236
3. SCCPC11158HL30246
4. SCCPC11178HL30247 - Salvage Title?
5. SCCPC111X8HL30291
6. SCCPC11118HL30292 - Converted to SC?
7. SCCPC11198HL30296
8. SCCPC11108HL30297
9. SCCPC11118HL30308
10. SCCPC11138HL30309
11. SCCPC11158HL30313
12. SCCPC11178HL30314
13. SCCPC111X8HL30372 - Joshrose, Wayland, MA
14. SCCPC11118HL30373 - Salvage Title
15. SCCPC11178HL30376
16. SCCPC11198HL30377
17. SCCPC11108HL30378 - near Los Angeles
18. SCCPC11128HL30379
19. SCCPC11198HL30380 - Rebuilt Title, Atlanta, GA
20. SCCPC11138HL30410 - Rebuilt Title, Toledo, OH
21. SCCPC11158HL30411 - PeterGP75, Philadelphia, PA
22. SCCPC11178HL30412
23. SCCPC11198HL30413
24. SCCPC11108HL30414 or SCCPC111X8HL30414
25. SCCPC11128HL30415
i have the Red Elise #30309 Indiana Pa [email protected]
 

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Here's an updated registry:

1. SCCPC11108HL30235 or SCCPC111X8HL30235
2. SCCPC11128HL30236
3. SCCPC11158HL30246
4. SCCPC11178HL30247 - Salvage Title?
5. SCCPC111X8HL30291
6. SCCPC11118HL30292 - Converted to SC?
7. SCCPC11198HL30296 - Sold in Austin, TX - April 2016, listed for $31,995 with 30,141 miles. Interior is in rough shape and missing the original front grill.
8. SCCPC11108HL30297
9. SCCPC11118HL30308
10. SCCPC11138HL30309 - Indianajohns, Indiana, PA
11. SCCPC11158HL30313
12. SCCPC11178HL30314
13. SCCPC111X8HL30372 - Joshrose, Wayland, MA
14. SCCPC11118HL30373 - Salvage Title
15. SCCPC11178HL30376
16. SCCPC11198HL30377
17. SCCPC11108HL30378 - near Los Angeles
18. SCCPC11128HL30379
19. SCCPC11198HL30380 - Rebuilt Title, Atlanta, GA
20. SCCPC11138HL30410 - Rebuilt Title, Toledo, OH
21. SCCPC11158HL30411 - PeterGP75, Philadelphia, PA
22. SCCPC11178HL30412
23. SCCPC11198HL30413
24. SCCPC11108HL30414 or SCCPC111X8HL30414
25. SCCPC11128HL30415
 

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I bought 30296 from Porsche in Austin. The dealer was extremely disappointing. Having purchased 4 new Porsches in the last 8 years (Boxster through 991 - none through that dealer) I expected much better and more honesty from the dealer. Interior was truly horrible, paint bad, soft top a throw away, way too many cosmetic problems to list, etc. prior owner must have parked it in the sun to rot. Chassis and mechanicals were good. Had it sent to directly to Sector111 for rehab and upgrades, it now has a second life. No value as a California Edition, not salvageable cosmetically. It will live on the track, road legal so it can be driven there, and will hopefully allow me to learn how to properly drive.
 

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@DTM that is a shame but I had a feeling from the ad that they didn't quite know what they had. I would urge you to keep any of the California parts that are salvageable. I am not certain, but I would imagine that many of the parts are difficult to source, if not discontinued. The other owners might be interested in the parts.
 

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To that end, I do have some interior parts that may be OK. Such as the rear panel behind the seats. The front 2 oil cooler grills. Door panels? Also, I may be swapping out the seats for more track worthy ones. They are in OK shape, but would need to be reupholstered. Driver has a rip near the shoulder that would need repair. If someone is interested, let me know.
 

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Hello I own # 23 on the list with clean title. My name is John I live in West Virginia. The car is available for sale asking $36999 great condition with 61k miles 2 owner .
 

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The only exception was a UK one-off in red with the 1ZZ engine.
Whilst passing lockdown boredom I came across this....and would like to introduce myself as the Uk owner of number ‘zero’. I’ve had her from ‘new’ since Jan 2009, although she spent the previous summer being a show/marketing car for Lotus UK. Her stripes were added by the retailer and I’ve never had the urge to take them off.
 

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